The time travel paradox is a story angle that can be used to great effect, provided it’s not taken liberties with. The Terminator franchise however has made that angle a permanent fixture of its story arc (with the exception of Terminator: Salvation). Now, as filmmakers attempt to reboot/revitalise the franchise, the time travel plot is pitched again with Terminator: Genisys.
Credit to Entertainment Weekly for breaking the news with twin limited edition covers featuring Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Jason Clarke (John Connor) and Matt Smith (we’re not sure who he’s playing). The magazine also reveals the film’s central plot.
According to EW, Terminator: Genisys is set in the year 2029 with the war between humans and Skynet still in effect. Following the storyline from the 80s classic, resistance leader John Connor despatches Kyle Reese back to the year 1984 to save his mother Sarah Connor from the T-800 who is reportedly sent back to kill her. However upon arriving in the past, we discover a Sarah Connor that’s quite different from the one Linda Hamilton played.
Apparently, this Sarah knows how to handle herself pretty well and that certain developments in the past have altered the timeline as we’ve come to know it. It seems another Terminator was despatched to kill her years earlier, which results in her parents being killed, leaving nine-year-old Sarah to fend for herself. Except of course she isn’t alone because it’s then revealed that she was raised by an aging Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who is programmed to protect her.
We’re not sure what to think of Terminator: Genisys storyline and if it can revitalise the franchise. We’ll reserve judgement until that first trailer drops, and hopefully it’s soon.
Terminator: Genisys is scheduled for a July 2015 release.